The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences
Sara   Elliott
Sara Elliott Research Scientist Associate II Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
E-mail: sara.elliott@beg.utexas.edu Telephone: 512-471-2596 Fax: 512-471-0140
Professional Summary
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Research Interests
• Scanning Electron Microscopy (esp. SEM-Cathodoluminescence)
• Diagenesis, Deformation Structures, & Fluid Flow
• Clastic and Carbonate Petrography
• Bedding-Parallel Fractures in Shale
• Holocene Wetland and Riparian Paleoecology – NE United States
Education
• B.S. Geological Sciences & Biology, Provost Honors– University of Miami, 2010
• M.S. Geosciences – Pennsylvania State University, 2012
Professional History
• Research Scientist Associate II, Bureau of Economic Geology, 2013 – Present
• Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, Penn State, 2010 – 2012
• Student Research Assistant, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, 2008 – 2010
• Geological Sciences Tutor, University of Miami, 2009 – 2010
• Petrophysics Lab Assistant, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, 2009
Selected Publications
• Elliott, S.J., Grettenberger, C.L., Donovan, M.P., Wilf, P., Walter, R.C., and Merritts, D.J. (2015) Riparian and valley-margin hardwood species of pre-colonial Piedmont forests: A preliminary study of subfossil leaves from White Clay Creek, southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Paleontologia Electronica (In Press)

• Elliott, S.J., Wilf, P., Walter, R.C., and Merritts, D.J. (2013) Subfossil Leaves Reveal a New Upland Hardwood Component of the Pre-European Piedmont Landscape, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. PLoS ONE 8(11): e79317. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079317
Published Interviews
• “Buried leaves reveal precolonial eastern U.S. forests and guide stream restoration.” Science Daily, 13 November 2013. [Elliott quoted therein].
• “What America’s forests looked like before Europeans arrived.” Scientific American, 13 November 2013. [Elliott quoted therein].
• “What America’s forests looked like 400 years ago.” Discovery News, 13 November 2013. [Elliott quoted therein].
• “Buried fossil leaves reveal precolonial US forests: Guiding stream restoration.” Science World Report, 14 November 2013. [Elliott quoted therein].
Awards
• Early Career Development Publication Award, Bureau of Economic Geology, 2015
• P.D. Krynine Scholarship, Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, 2011 – 2012
• Geological Society of America Student Research Grant, 2011
• Bowman-Foster-Ashe Academic Tuition Scholarship, University of Miami, 2006 – 2010
• Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholars Award, 2006 – 2010
Professional Societies
• The Geological Society of America
• The American Geophysical Union
• The Nature Conservancy
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